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CJ 400 Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice
Pauley, Andrea D.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CJ 400 Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice

Semester

F2T 2006 DLB

Faculty

Pauley, Andrea D.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.S Law Enforcement
M.S. Criminal Justice

Daytime Phone

912-655-8269

Other Phone

912-852-3443

E-Mail

andrea.pauley@park.edu

Semester Dates

10/23/06 - 12/17/06

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

  • Criminal Procedure for the Criminal Justice Professional, 9th edition, by John N. Ferdico (Wadsworth 2005)  ISBN: 0-534-62919-9 

HOW TO STUDY THE TEXTBOOK:

To help you accomplish the course objectives effectively and efficiently, make full use of the many distinctive features of the textbook.  Note that each chapter has review and discussion questions at the end of the chapter.  Review these before reading the chapter.  The information contained in the questions will assist you in studying the material in the chapter.  Also, at the end of each chapter is a section titled "Internet References."  This is useful in finding the material learned in the text, online.  In addition, just after the review and discussion questions, several chapters have a section called "Legal Scenarios".  This feature provides an opportunity to apply the text material to fact patterns.  The author of the text is an attorney, with practical experience in the application of the Constitution to real-life cases.

The text has four parts.  Part I contains three chapters and serves as a review of the United States Constitution and the court system, and an introduction to basic constitutional concepts.  Part II has three chapters which examine the three areas of constitutional application:  arrest, searche warrants and stops.  Part III has five chapters which discuss specific exceptions to the search warrant requirement:  search incident to arrest, consent searches, the plain view doctrine, search and seizure of vehicles and containers, and open fields.  Part IV has two chapters which focus on admissions and confessions and on pretrial identification procedures.

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Course Description:
This advanced course is an in-depth study of the U.S. Constitution as it applies to law enforcement, the courts, and corrections, including an examination of recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court. PREREQUISITE: Junior standing. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate the American criminal justice system, law enforcement, and criminal law, using the U.S. Constitution.
  2. Analyze recent constitutional issues, based on the right to privacy and the Exclusionary Rule, including electronic surveillance.
  3. Demonstrate high quality written and oral communication skills, gathering, evaluating, and communicating information effectively.


Core Assessment:

Core Assessment Rubric CJ 400 –  Constitutional Research Paper - Fall 2006


 


For this class you must conduct research on a constitutional issue approved by your instructor and write a paper analyzing what you find, using U.S. Constitutional provisions, statutes, and court cases to support how you would solve the constitutional issue, and discussing social policy implications of your solution to the issue.


 


The purposes in conducting this research and writing this paper are to improve your ability to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information carefully and objectively, using the U.S. Constitution, statutes, and U.S. Supreme Court cases; use this information to propose a solution to a constitutional issue; discuss social policy implications of your solution; and present your ideas in clear written form directed to a specific audience, in this case, your class.


 


To complete this research paper, you should:


 



  1. Select a current constitutional issue and have it approved by your instructor.

  2. Research the provision(s) of the United States Constitution that are at the heart of the issue.

  3. Research any federal or state statutes that impact this issue.

  4. Research previous decisions of the United States Supreme Court that impact this issue.

  5. Search for any pending case(s) before the U.S. Supreme Court that may involve this issue.

  6. Based on your research, determine what should be the solution of this constitutional issue.

  7. Consider social policy implications of your solution.

  8. Write a paper explaining the issue, your proposed outcome, the social policy implications of your solution, and the research that supports your outcome. 

Your paper must include:



  1. A cover page

  2. Introduction

  3. Clear statement of the constitutional issue

  4. Discussion of your research

  5. Clear statement of your proposed solution, with supporting argument

  6. Discussion of social policy implications of your solution

  7. Reference page, using APA style 

The text of this paper should be at least fifteen pages long. You must demonstrate that you understand the terminology and the concepts used in constitutional law, and how constitutional provisions, statutes, and case decisions are interrelated.   You must demonstrate that you can synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information.  You must write technically correctly using APA format,


 


You will present your paper in class during the last week of class.  If you are taking this course online, you will answer questions from your classmates about your paper in a discussion thread created for this purpose.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
 

Scoring rubrics:

  • Each week, an online written assignment is required.  Many of these will be case briefs, following the format demonstrated by the instructor in Week 1.  Each assignment is worth a maximum of 30 points and is due by 12:00 midnight Mountain Time Sunday evening at the end of each week.  Each assignment will be graded based on the following criteria:
    • Was the assignment completed?
    • Was the assignment completed correctly?
    • Was the assignment completed on time?
  • Each week, participation is required.  Initial participation in the week's discussion is required by Thursday morning, with followup discussion required by Sunday morning.  Each week's participation is worth 50 points (30 points for responses to instructor's opening questions and 20 points for responses to classmates' postings).  Participation will be graded based on the following criteria:
    • Did the student respond to the instructor's opening questions?
    • Did the student respond to the postings of classmates?
    • Did the student respond on time?
    • Did the student in his/her responses demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter covered in the questions?
  • Paper Assignment:
    • A paper will be required in this course.  You will write a paper analyzing the relationship among three U.S. Supreme Court cases, or a paper analyzing and proposing a court decision in a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court (if available).  The choice will be a decision made by the instructor by the end of Week 1.
    • The paper will be due by the end of Week 7.
  • Submission of Late Work: Work submitted after the close of each week's class Sunday night at 12:00 midnight will not be accepted, unless I approve the late submission prior to the due date.
  • Proctored final examination:
    • A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.  The proctored final exam for this course is worth 200 points.
    • Other information on proctored exams:
      • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. 
      • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. 
      • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. 
      • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.
 

Grading:
 

Course Grading Scale

Grading Criteria – Students are expected to participate and complete all assignments during the weeks in which they are assigned.  The due date for all assignments is 12:00 midnight Mountain Time on the Sunday of each week of the course unless a different due date is specified.

Course Grading Scale - The components of the course and their respective worth are as follows:

Weekly online question entries 30 points each week for 240 points total
Weekly online feedback entries 20 points each week for 160 points total
Weekly written assignments 30 points each assignment for 240 points total
Paper 160 points
Final exam 200 points
TOTAL 1000 points

A =  90- 100% (900 points or higher)
B =  80-89% (800 to 899 points)
C =   70-79% (700 to 799 points)
D =  60-69% (600 to 699 points)
F =  < 60% (599 or fewer points)

Late Submission of Course Materials:

  • Submission of Late Work: Work submitted after the close of each week's class Sunday night at 12:00 midnight will not be accepted, unless I approve the late submission prior to the due date. There will be no exceptions to the requirement of getting prior approval to submit an assignment late.
  • Academic Honesty:
    Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

    Plagiarism:
    Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

    Attendance Policy:
    Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

    1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
    2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
    3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
    4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
    5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
    6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
    ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

    Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

    Disability Guidelines:
    Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



    Rubric

    CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
    Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    Outcomes
    1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Appraises the sources into congruous and thoughtful conclusions - thoughtful implies some original thinking Appraises the sources into congruous conclusions Appraises the sources into conclusions Evaluation is not present in artifact 
    Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
    2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Combines constitutional provisions, statutes, and cases (more than 5) into a consistent whole Combines constitutional provisions, statutes, and cases (3 to 5) into a consistent whole Combines two of the three types of sources into a consistent whole Fails to combine at least two of the three types of sources into a consistent whole 
    Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
    2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Analyzes key elements using more than 5 sources Analyzes key elements using 3 to 5 sources Analyzes key elements using fewer than 3 sources Analysis is not present in artifact 
    Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Outcomes
    2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding  of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows little and unsatisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact fails to demonstrate an understanding  of terminology and concepts appropriate to the profession 
    Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
    3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Each section contains sufficient information that make the artifact a model for other students or publishable Each section contains sufficient information that make the artifact easily readable and understandable The artifact is readable and understandable but it is  sometimes difficult to transition from one section to another The relationship is hard to understand.  The artifact is difficult to read. 
    Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Outcomes
    3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    The artifact contains fewer than 5 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains 5 to 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains more than 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains so many errors in the APA writing convention or in the paper presentation that it is difficult to read 
    Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Outcomes
    1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    analyzes previous laws and cases to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice and future implications of the resolution of this issue analyzes previous laws or cases (but not both) to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice and future implications of the resolution of this issue analyzes previous laws or cases (but not both) to decide the current constitutional issue in criminal justice, but fails to discuss future implications of the resolution of this issue shows no relationship between past issues and today's world 
    Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Outcomes
    2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    clearly discusses social policy implications of the proposed solution to the constitutional issue discusses social policy implications of the proposed solution to the constitutional issue mentions social policy no discussion of social policy 
    Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Outcomes
    3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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